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Upcoming Events

Building and Floor Emergency Coordinator Training

Are you part of your building's evacuation team? Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator in your building? This training is for you! Attend and learn more about your role as a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator. These sessions are open to all BEC's and FEC's.

Thursday, July 18                        2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.        Register here.

Tuesday, September 17                2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       Register here.

Tuesday, October 15                     10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

Thursday, November 14                10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

For more information on Building Evacuations visit this page.


Fire Extinguisher Training

Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator? Attend a fire extinguisher training session and learn how you can respond if you encounter a small fire.

Wednesday, September 25           09:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m.    Register here.

Thursday, October 24                   03:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.     Register here.

Thursday, November 28                09:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m.   Register here.


Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Emergencies happen! Do you know what to do to be prepared for earthquake, tsunami or other disrupting emergencies? Attend this session and learn more about how you can be prepared in case disaster strikes.

Tuesday, July 16                         9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.        Register here.

Tuesday, October 1                     9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m.         Register here

Tuesday, November 5                  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.        Register here.


Active Threat

An active threat is an emergency event in which an individual with a weapon poses an immediate danger to safety on campus. Learn what steps you can take during an active threat to protect you and those around you.

Thursday, July 25                       10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

Thursday, September 26             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

Tuesday, November 19                2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.      Register here.


Fire Drills 2019

Fire drills have been scheduled for dates in May, August and September. Each building on campus is required to conduct at least one fire drill per year. Fire drills provide a useful way for building occupants (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to practice safe exiting from the building when the fire bills sound. These drills are a very important training opportunity for the Building and Floor Emergency Coordinators. Fire drills disrupt the building for about 15 minutes once a year. The cooperation and understanding of all is greatly appreciated. 

We completed 94 fire drills on campus in 2018.

Remember: if you hear fire bells, assume it is a real emergency and evacuate the building quickly and safely.


Past Events

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

Thank you for making the 2018 Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill a success! ShakeOut was a busy day around campus. Many classes, some labs, and many work areas participated in a Drop, Cover, Hold On exercise. A large Drop, Cover and Hold On drill also occurred in Mystic Market.

Also on October 18th the UVic Alerts was tested. During the test the digital signs displayed a test message, the website showed an emergency banner, the desk phones in offices broadcast a voice message and a text scroll, emails were sent and a Twitter message was sent out. On Friday, October 19th the email and text message portions of the system were tested and over 18,000 text messages were sent to students, faculty and staff.

Start planning for the 2019 drill now! Put your creative hat on and let’s make the 2019 drill useful, informative, and fun!  ShakeOut is always the third Thursday in October.

Also during ShakeOut week the university held an exercise for several staff with emergency roles on campus. Members of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Facilities Management - Department Operations Centre, and University Communications and Marketing - Department Operations Centre held an exercise. These three facilities were faced with managing the response to a disrupting earthquake scenario impacting UVic. The exercise included the use of an alternate EOC location, a busy shift change, and the communications challenges inherent with communicating between different facilities. Staff did an excellent job of working through the scenario. The debrief session and exercise feedback from this exercise will help the teams improve their plans and training. The exercise was a very useful learning opportunity.

Download and share this handy guide Steps to Emergency Preparedness. This guide provides resources and links on preparedness at home, preparedness at UVic, how to build an emergency kit, how to stay connected following a disaster and what to do in case of an earthquake.